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This isn't about guilt

Repentance shouldn’t be about wallowing in guilt.  In his sermon last night, my rabbi spoke about this at length.  It’s something I’ve thought about before, and it really speaks to me. These days I’m pretty much never at synagogue.  Back…

Haredim and Israel: compatible?

Yossi Sarid at Haaretz has a somewhat fiery condemnation of Haredi attitudes toward the State of Israel. The ultra-Orthodox public, which has always been cutting down our trees, is now uprooting them. It will destroy basic values, without which a…

A correction and a changed viewpoint

In my last post, I expressed strong dismay at specific actions of the Freedom Flotilla organizers: When the Gaza Freedom Flotilla refused Noam Shalit’s offer to advocate for them with the Israeli government if they’d deliver items to his son, they demonstrated…

Rationalizing the unrationalizable

The blockade of Gaza is one of the most egregious components of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.  It imposes tremendous suffering and has not provided Israel with any significant tactical advantage.  Yet Jewish leaders continually voice support for it. “There are 1.5…

A new phrase for the rest of us

As I’ve written about before, I grew up with little connection to the State of Israel. Recently, I’ve come to consider the political, economic, and cultural realities that make advocating for the disassembly of Israel impractical and completely counterproductive to…